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Guidance for the public

News, Further route map detail announced, published: 24 June 2020.

Phase 2 of easing lockdown: Further changes to lockdown restrictions in Scotland announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, conditional on physical distancing and strict hygiene measures being followed. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scotland's route map - what you can and cannot do

Scotland's route map through and out of the crisis published 21 May 2020. The route map indicates the order in which the Scottish Government will gradually seek to change current restrictions. Read the route map

Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 2: staying safe and protecting others (physical distancing)published 18 June 2020. Includes advice on using face coverings. It is mandatory for people to wear a face covering on public transport and public transport premises, like train stations and airports, in Scotland from 22 June 2020. There are specific exemptions for certain categories of people, and also grounds for a reasonable excuse not to wear a face-covering, with examples in the guidance.

The case definition for suspected COVID -19 changed from 18 May 2020 - all individuals should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia. Anosmia is the loss or a change in your normal sense of smell. Statement from the four UK Chief Medical Officers.

NHS Inform - Coronavirus (COVID-19), information for the public


Updated advice for people shielding in Scotland: People who are shielding are being advised to continue until at least 31 July, subject to the certain relaxations: Coronavirus (COVID-19): shielding support and contacts.

The Scottish Government's policy on shielding and future direction: Coronavirus (COVID-19): shielding - a way forward for Scotland

Guidance for health and social care professionals

Scottish Government: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance (main collection of guidance for business, healthcare, education and housing)

Revised information and guidance from Health Protection Scotland

Version 1.2 of the COVID-19: Information and Guidance for Social, Community and Residential Care Settings, dated 11 June 2020. 

Version 1.2 of the Advice for Social or Community Care and Residential Settings Staff, dated 17 June 2020.

Listing of publications by Health Protection Scotland

Care Inspectorate - Guidance for Services

Care Inspectorate - COVID 19 FAQs

PPE and infection control

The Scottish Government has issued guidance on changes to PPE supply, published 29 April 2020, which says providers should use local PPE Hubs. They have been emailed contact details. Providers can also contact the NHS National Services Scotland Social Care PPE Support Centre on 0300 303 3020 for details of their local Hub.

The letter from CMO and others dated 26 March 2020 which includes updated Health Protection Guidance for Social or Community Care and Residential Settings including Health Protection Scotland's updated infection control guidance for Social or Community Care and Residential Settings based on the National Infection Prevention & Control Manual and with advice on how to prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19.

COVID-19: Clinical Care Guidance for Care at Home, Housing Support and Sheltered Housingpublished 26 March 2020.

Test and Protect

The Scottish Government has issued guidance on testing: Getting tested in Scotland, published 19 May 2020

Scotland's Test and Protect scheme:

Leaflet explaining NHS Scotland's Test and Protect system and what to do if someone has COVID-19 symptoms: to be available online on 22 June 2020.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect - information for people asked to self-isolate because of COVID-19, published 26 May 2020.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect - advice for employers, published 26 May 2020.

Workforce and training

The Scottish Social Service Council and NHS Education for Scotland (NES) have a Health and social care COVID-19 accelerated recruitment portal Information for Employers

The Care Inspectorate has relaxed its advice that providers should seek updates on individual staff PVG Scheme membership every three years. Existing guidance in Protecting Vulnerable Groups - Guidance for Care Inspectorate Staff and Service Providers (2015) is best practice, not a requirement of Disclosure Scotland.

Disclosure Scotland is currently prioritising checks for workers needed to deal with coronavirus, including social care workers. Disclosures for workers in priority sectors are free until until midnight on 25 December 2020. More information

Support for businesses

UK Government, Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for individuals and businesses in Scotlandupdated 18 June 2020.

Information about advice for businesses, including getting funding. 

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